What do we mean by Digital Signage? Remember that TV screen hanging on the wall in reception the one that was turned off when you came in this morning? That’s a potential digital signage screen that could be showcasing the amazing work staff and students are making in the classrooms.Continue reading → Getting started with Digital Signage in your school
By Benjamin Stanley, DirectorPosted: in Articles
Today’s post comes from a guest, Jamie Taylor, Technical Manager at JTRS in the UAE. Jamie recently helped deploy TrilbyTV into a commercial environment, taking advantage of some unique displays. Here’s Jamie with more.
Every now and then I come across portrait screens when installing TrilbyTV in schools. Nine times out of ten these are ‘end of contract’ screens installed by companies who don’t understand education. These screens and their contracts were far too expensive for schools, promising the world and delivering very little. For us at TrilbyTV, it’s all about utilising the hardware that remains, but not adding to the financial burden already placed on the school. This is simply achieved by plugging in a low-cost Android device to run TrilbyTV. That gets the screen back on, but another issue is creating suitable portrait screen content.
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Since the release of version 4 of TrilbyTV back in February 2018 we’ve made a few tweaks and improvements that may have passed you by. Here’s a rundown of some v4 tips you may find useful.
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A familiar story…
A screen in the school reception area bought with the idea of sharing and showcasing student work. After months of showing a clock, the weather and the same 6 images it was turned off, gathering dust on the wall. The software that was provided was too clunky and certainly not user-friendly. There was also the issue of how to get student work on to the screen without involving a load of processes or upsetting Sam from IT.
Like many technology change projects, Portsmouth College set out to enhance the relationship with students by encouraging the take up of a personal tablet device, in their case iPad. There is no doubt that the technology has brought new and exciting elements to teaching at the college and one of the ways this is delivered is through a group of student ambassadors and staff learning champions.
Neil and I have had the great pleasure in working with Portsmouth since the iPad project was first talked about, initially a Vision and Plan session followed up with many days of training and workshops with staff. This September when we visited to deliver Apple Professional Learning workshops we spent some time with the student ambassadors and I’d like to share the workshop we did with them and encourage you to do similar to help measure impact and promote effective Student voice.
By Neil Emery, DirectorPosted: in Articles
Once a year, I and fellow TrilbyTV director Ben Stanley, would be invited to the staff Summer Conference at Blenheim High School to run tech focused workshops and support their one-to-one iPad project. It was a couple of days we really enjoyed and over a number of years we became part of the furniture.
I remember a couple of years ago we ran an iPad-focused session with Year 7 digital champions. We put together a session called Product Rebrand where students had to think of their favourite brand or product. This product was to be renamed, enhanced and then advertised using digital creation tools on the iPad. The outcome was a 30 second advert that would be showcased on the screen in reception via TrilbyTV.
I’m an 80’s boy so grew up listening to Ska music and bands such as Madness. One of my favourite Madness songs was “You’re an Embarrassment” and this definitely describes how some schools feel about the digital signage they once purchased.
It’s a conversation I’ve had a lot lately with colleagues at TrilbyTV, resellers promoting TrilbyTV and schools thinking about using TrilbyTV. As you know from my previous blog posts and tweets I often walk into schools to find digital signage turned off. When I highlight this to staff when visiting such schools they shimmy past the problem as quickly as possible. It’s like digital signage is a dirty word.
Continue reading → Digital signage, you’re an embarrassment